24 July 2012

Across the universe


Hopefully, this is a trend. I came across two articles today--one claiming that a Dutch entrepreneur plans to begin sending humans on a one-way trip to Mars in 2023, and another claiming that NASA plans to send humans on a one-way mission in a large and slower ship. If we're ever going to live on and colonize other planets, this sort of bold thinking is sorely needed.

4 comments:

CyberKitten said...

Interesting that they're proposing one-way trips. Whoever signs up for such a thing will certainly have to have more than their fair share of guts!

Karlo said...

I wonder if they envision people getting out much. If not, it seems like an sane person would go stir-crazy at some point.

Vancouver Voyeur said...

One-way? Why can't they come back?

CyberKitten said...

Sending people one way is *very* much cheaper than planning a return trip. Because of our orbits - and how long it takes to get there - they'd probably have to stay for 3 months or so anyway. If they send robots first to produce oxygen and stuff for the first 'colonists' it'd be even cheaper in the long run. It's actually not such a crazy idea if you think about it.